Toyota celebrates 60-year U.S. auto run

Toyota celebrates 60-year U.S. auto run

From a funny-looking Toyopet Crown, which got Toyota almost laughed off the U.S. market before it really got started in the late 1950s, to today’s perennial sales-leading Camry sedan, the Japanese firm has established an iconic presence alongside Ford, GM…

Jeep Wrangler beats Thompson closure

Jeep Wrangler beats Thompson closure

The rugged Rubicon Recon edition with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was perfect for one final run through the Big Thompson Canyon in late September, before the Colorado Department of Transportation shut down the highway for the winter. It’s not…

AMG spirit boosts ’18 Mercedes C43 Coupe

AMG spirit boosts ’18 Mercedes C43 Coupe

While rolling down the road in the sleek 2018 all-wheel-drive coupe, the Mercedes AMG C43, reach to the right and push the switch moving the drive mode from Comfort to Sport, adjust the suspension setting to Sport-tuned also, activate the…

Alfa Romeo Stelvio tests luxury midsize

Alfa Romeo Stelvio tests luxury midsize

I’ll sprint to great lengths (or heights) in revealing to my readers the workings of a new automotive model. Stelvio Pass in the Alps of northern Italy reaches 9,045 feet above sea level; move the zero two digits to the…

Back then . . .V-8, floor shift add to Pacer fun

Back then . . .V-8, floor shift add to Pacer fun

Forty years ago this winter, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1978 AMC Pacer D/L Wagon two-door, provided by George Dupont of the American Motors Denver Zone Office. Excerpts follow: The V-8 engine is new to the Pacer wagon…

Driver assist lifts Audi A4 to rivals’ level

Driver assist lifts Audi A4 to rivals’ level

Keys to a 2017 Audi A4 were handed me recently; the performance of that car is a pleasure, and it and others of the Audi line are leaders in the rush toward hands-free driving and autonomous cars. Out south on…

Odyssey 10-speed stirs minivan market

Odyssey 10-speed stirs minivan market

So, you thought minivans had pretty well run the course? I thought so, too, from the continued sales surge of SUVs and crossovers. Yet, surprises continue to roll off the assembly lines of the few manufacturers still producing the kid…

’18 Jaguar F-Pace climbs with turbo-4

’18 Jaguar F-Pace climbs with turbo-4

With a new turboed 4-cylinder beneath the hood, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace set a lead pace on a climb to Allenspark amid fairly heavy holiday traffic on a Sunday morning. The Jaguar-designed gas engine of 247 horsepower/269 lb.-ft. of torque…

New Toyota – so quirky, so interesting

New Toyota – so quirky, so interesting

Meet the Toyota C-HR, an all-new car on the U.S. market, an ’18 model, quirky as can be, yet it drew all sorts of interest in fun drives all over the area. It’s considered a subcompact sport utility vehicle, yet…

Volvo bets on ‘super/turbo’ to drive XC60

Volvo bets on ‘super/turbo’ to drive XC60

One of the biggest hits in car country three years ago was introduction of the redesigned Volvo XC90 crossover; thinking today in terms of compacts, I would suggest the guys from Gothenburg have done it again with the 2018 XC60….